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Estimating Bill Proposed in Montana

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Montana H.B. 1530 was recently proposed in pre-filed draft form. The bill outlines rules regarding estimates for collision repairs.

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Current Montana law includes the following:

"An insurance company, including its producers and adjusters, that issues or renews a policy of insurance in this state covering, in whole or in part, a motor vehicle may not: require that a claimant under the policy use a particular automobile body repair business or location for an estimate or a repair; or engage in any act or practice that intimidates, coerces or threatens a claimant or that provides an incentive or inducement for a claimant to use a particular automobile body repair business or location."

The proposed bill language, pre-filed Dec. 29, 2010, includes an additional provision:

"An insurance company, including its producers and adjusters, that issues or renews a policy of insurance in this state covering, in whole or in part, a motor vehicle may not unilaterally and arbitrarily disregard a repair operation or cost identified by an estimating system that the insurer and an automobile body repair business or location have agreed to utilize in determining the cost of repair."

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Recently, Darrell Amberson, AAM, an Automotive Service Association board member from Minnesota, said, “This legislation, if enacted, will improve the plight of Montana collision repairers. We had a similar legislative effort that succeeded in the Minnesota legislature. It changed estimating practices for the better.”


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Read a summary of the bill

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